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59,000 Ex-commercial Hens Will Enjoy a Free-range Christmas in 2017

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‘Lulu.’ Photo by Matt Jackson.

Christmas is the perfect time of year to get together with friends, family and pets to reflect on the past 12 months, and this Christmas households up and down the country won’t just be snuggling up with furry cats and dogs – they’ll also be treating the feathered friends they’ve saved from slaughter and re-homed in their back gardens. The British Hen Welfare Trust is celebrating having re-homed 59,000 hens during 2017, all of which have gone on to become much-loved family pets. These hens were all destined for slaughter, having reached their eg-laying peak at 18 months old; however, the charity stepped in to save as many as possible, knowing what wonderful companions they make. Here are some stories from just a handful of the thousands of happy hen re-homers who have saved lives this year:

Andy Westcott collected hens from Rose Ash in Devon earlier this year. He said: “It’s a pleasure to see our 6 ladies out and about, doing what chickens do.”

Matt Jackson adopted five hens from Perth in September and said: “It was my pleasure taking on the girls. I treasure them each and every day and, being a ‘stay at home’ Dad, I get to keep them company, give them their feeds and treats, and they know I’m here should they need me! Wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Donna Boden, who rescued hens, Kim and Carla, from Wrexham earlier this year, said: “They now live with my other ex-bat girls and have star-jumping tantrums if they see me from their run and I don’t let them in my house. Their confidence levels have gone through the roof since the day I met them when they were pretending to be invisible so that nothing bad would happen. Best thing I’ve ever done was to give deserving hens a retirement home!”

Emma Gilbert, who re-homed from Baylham in Suffolk, said: “All four hens were rescued and collected from Baylham in October 2016 and one year on are the loveliest and craziest hens I have ever owned. We feel privileged to share our garden with them.”

To re-home some hens and experience the joys of watching them flourish, simply visit or phone 01884 860084.

About the Author:

Paul Melnyczuk is editor of Home Farmer, and together with Ruth Tott is the founder of the company. His Ukrainian father and Austrian mother came over in the 1950s, and he was raised near Accrington (of Stanley fame) in Lancashire. With a degree in European Literature and a year spent living in Sweden, and a further 2 years in the Sudan, his background is rich and varied.

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